Grand Duchess Xenia Romanov of Russia & Prince David Chavchavadze 1926 Windsor Antique Photo
Fine photograph of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875-1960) and Prince Daid Chavchavadze (1924-2014), standing in the gardens of Winderness House in Windsor. The Grand Duchess has annotated the back of the photo in Russian and English. Housed in a contemporary green leather frame:
"Little David and I Windsor 1926."
Grand Duchess Xenia was the elder daughter and fourth child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia (née Princess Dagmar of Denmark) and the sister of Emperor Nicholas II. She married a cousin, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia, with whom she had seven children. She was the mother-in-law of Felix Yusupov and a cousin of Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia who, together, killed Grigori Rasputin, holy healer to her nephew, the haemophiliac Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia. During her brother's reign she recorded in her diary and letters increasing concern about his rule. After the fall of the monarchy in February 1917 she fled Russia, eventually settling in the United Kingdom.
David Chavchavadze was an American author and a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer of Georgian-Russian origin.
Chavchavadze was born in London to Prince Paul Chavchavadze (1899–1971) and Princess Nina Georgievna of Russia (1901–1974), a descendant of a prominent Georgian noble family and the Imperial Russian dynasty. His father, Prince Paul, was a fiction writer and translator of writings from Georgian into English, and an émigré in the United Kingdom, and then the United States.
Chavchavadze entered the United States Army in 1943 and served during World War II as liaison for the U.S. Army Air Force Lend-Lease supply operations to the Soviet Union. After the war, he entered Yale University where he was a member of The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, the second longest running a cappella group in the United States. He spent more than two decades of his career as a CIA officer in the Soviet Union Division.
After his retirement, Chavchavadze specialized in tracing the nobility of Imperial Russia and authored The Grand Dukes (1989). He also published Crowns and Trenchcoats: A Russian Prince in the CIA (1989) based on his CIA experiences, and translated Stronger Than Power: A Collection of Stories by Sandji B. Balykov. Additionally, he lectured part-time at Georgetown and George Mason Universities on Russian history and culture.
As a grandchild of a Russian Grand Duke, he was an Associate Member of the Romanov Family Association.
Photo Size: 13.5 x 8 cm approx
Overall Size: 19 x 13.5 cm approx